8 April 2017
The Confucius Institute would like to announce the success of its annual Study Trip to China.

This annual excursion took place over the course of 10 days from the 26th March-5th April 2017, and was attended by students taking Chinese as part of their degree, and by students of the Confucius Institute’s weekly Chinese Language classes.

This visit to China has been designed to allow students the chance to learn more of Chinese Language and culture, as well as offer them a chance to enjoy some of China’s most fascinating attractions.

The first section of the trip took place in Beijing, and allowed the students to visit and explore some of China’s many famous historical landmarks, including a trip along the Great Wall, Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City, well as some of the capital city’s more recent attractions, such as The Beijing Olympic Park, host to the 2012 Olympic Games.

A trip on China’s high-speed rail-line took the students to Guangzhou, China’s 3rd biggest city after Beijing & Shanghai. Here, they spent the remainder of the trip at the South China University of Technology (SCUT), and here they were involved in a number of classes aimed at giving practical language skills and insights into other areas of Chinese culture, such as a lesson on Beijing Opera, and a chance to create their own Beijing Opera masks. In addition, students were given yet another fantastic opportunity in the form of a night cruise on Guangzhou’s Pearl River, giving a spectacular look of the city’s skyline at night.

The Confucius Institute would like to give thanks to everyone who was involved in this year’s Study Trip. We hope you all enjoyed your time in China! If anyone studying Chinese with us is interested in signing up for the chance to visit China in 2018, please contact ci@lancaster.ac.uk.